In This Issue:
Max’s Memo: Your Chamber in Action
Welcome Aboard, Stowe Free Library and Lanphear Memorial Library!
Legislative Breakfast: Town & Country Resort at Stowe
Eggs and Issues: Anne Galloway of VTDigger.org
Mixer: 10 Railroad Street and Mo Vegas Fill Station
Engage, Promote, Realize
Generous Response to Call for Sponsorship
Member News and Notes
Business of the Month: Williams and Green, PC
Chamber Committee News and Notes
Community and Member Events
Maple Sugaring Time!
Vermont is the leading producer of maple syrup in the United States, with an annual average yield of half a million gallons! The tapping of maple trees and boiling of sap is limited to the early spring, but tours and gift shops at sugarhouses are usually available year-round. Boyden Valley Wine and Spirits is a producer of Vermont Maple syrup … stop by for a visit at their Cambridge location. April 2 and 3 would be a great time to visit as the Winery will be hosting a Maple Sugar Festival on April 2 and 3. A great family outing.
Go Syracuse! Couldn’t resist that as my previous stop (21 years) was in Upstate New York where the Orange reigned King!
Out, about and interesting stuff…
We welcomed two new members this week – Stowe Free Library (Stowe) and Lanpher Memorial Library (Hyde Park). Stop by these libraries and extend a hearty Chamber welcome. See details further on in this e-news.
Out and about found me attending a Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting and hearing an outstanding presentation by Tom Anderson, Stowe Aviation (Chamber member). He spoke to the future expansion plans at the airport and the significant impact the airport has on the economic vitality of Lamoille County.
John Mandeville, Executive Director, Lamoille Economic Development Corporation teamed up with Roland Lajoie, WLVB to promote the Vermont Futures event scheduled for this evening (Thursday, March 31) at Johnson State College. If you are not registered you may want to think of giving us a quick call at (802) 888-7607; or an email to email@example.com to register for this dynamic program. Walk-ins are welcome so if you don’t have time to register, we will still welcome you at the door! No fee.
Copley Hospital is in the process of interviewing for a new CEO and I was fortunate enough to be included in the community team charged with interviewing the three finalists. It was an honor to be invited to the table … stay tuned for the outcome.
Speaking of searching for CEO’s, the Executive Committee conducted preliminary interviews for an Executive Director here at the Chamber. The field has been narrowed down and the finalists will be interviewed by the Board of Directors on Friday, April 1…stay tuned for the outcome.
The CHSLV Board (of which I am a member) met this past week and, as always, it was an informative and interesting meeting with challenges and opportunities relative to health care in Lamoille County in the forefront of discussions.
Tour of Turtle Fur… It is amazing what one doesn’t know about one’s own community. A good example of that is my knowledge of Turtle Fur. In my efforts to recruitment this organization, I called, and was granted, a tour of the facility. It is awesome! Brenda Snow. Hand Holding Turtle (Human Resource Director) gave a fascinating tour, introduced me to several staff persons (most with over 20 years of dedicated service to Turtle Fur) and shared with me a couple of new product lines the Company is rolling out. Truly an amazing experience and it is my hope that Turtle Fur’s President (Richard Sontag, Chief Turtle), will see the wisdom of joining the Chamber and we will be in a position to welcome the company to the Chamber team one day soon.
Vermont Health Care is back in the schedule again with several folks making appointments to get medical coverage. As a Vermont Health Care Navigator much time is devoted to assisting clients through the maze of the Exchange.
On the calendar …take note that April is filled with numerous networking opportunities beginning with the final Legislative Breakfast (April 11); the next day we will host Anne Galloway, VTDigger at an Eggs and Issues program and that same day (April 12), #10 Railroad Restaurant in Morrisville will host a fabulous Mixer. Check out details and reservation information further on in this week’s e-news.
DID YOU KNOW that the Lamoille Region Chamber of Commerce represents 49 business categories in 22 communities. AND DID YOU KNOW that a recent report is out stating that 80% of the buying public will by first from a Chamber member?
The history of Stowe Free Library: The earliest libraries in Stowe were subscription or membership libraries as was popular in the beginning of the nineteenth century. In 1866, the Stowe Free Library was founded with a donation of 51 books from a group of visiting summer artists and supplemented by a town appropriation of $100. Stowe was the first town in Vermont to appropriate a sum of money for library purposes under the state law of 1865.
After occupying several locations in the village, the library finally found a real home in the “new” town hall, the Akeley Memorial Building, in 1904. Seventy-seven years later, the library moved to the renovated old High School building at the corner of Pond and School Street.
The beautiful classic Greek Revival building where the library is now located was built as a school for Stowe children in 1863. Eventually used exclusively for upper grades, the building was abandoned in 1974 when a new High School was constructed at a location away from the center of town. Thanks to a bequest from Helen Day Montanari and the diligent work of local preservationists, the building, once known as “Old Yeller,” was restored in 1981 to house the Stowe Free Library and the Helen Day Art Center. A major addition to the building was completed in 1994 through local support and a modest interior renovation was made to the library in 2002 through a grant from the Freeman Foundation of Stowe.
The library is operated as a municipal department of the Town of Stowe and, as such, is about 90 percent tax-supported with the remaining income from endowment interest, fees, fines, gifts, and the proceeds from our annual book sale.
The mission of the Lanpher Memorial Library is to provide quality materials and services which fulfill the educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs of the entire community in an atmosphere that is welcoming, respectful, and businesslike. It also serves as a center for sharing skills and ideas and for fostering community spirit.
The history of Lanphear Memorial Library:
The Hyde Park Public Library was started in 1895, taking advantage of the 1894 law that encouraged towns without free public libraries to start their own collections with state assistance. Set up in a building on the common that contained the town hall, school, and court house, it was open one day a week.
A year later, the town and school libraries merged in the Town Building. In addition, a room was prepared in the Page office building which also may have housed the post office. Newspapers from across the state were available and the reading room was open all day (how many days is not clear.) There was much enthusiasm, and, since both sexes used the room, rules were made that included no smoking or noisy conversation.
Loomis H. Lanpher, a wealthy Elmore farmer, willed $5,000 to build the Lanpher Memorial Library in 1913, but it wasn’t completed until 1916. Lanpher, born in nearby Lowell and raised in Hyde Park, had wanted to do something for the town, but his wishes were delayed when family members contested his will. After they withdrew their suit, a two-year dispute arose over the location for the new building–one group of townspeople wanted it on the school grounds, another in the village center.
In 1915, after proponents of the latter choice won, Russell C. Page purchased the lot to secure it for the library; later, private subscribers reimbursed him. McLean of Boston was architect and the building firm was Bergeron Brothers of Burlington. The library was completed in October 1916 and by April 1917, Mary Buckham, the first librarian in the new building, was ready to greet the public.
The Classical Revival/Chicago style of architecture, a rarity in Vermont, was considered very up-to-date at the time it was built. Set back from Main Street where VT Routes 15 and 100 meet, the outside has two distinctive features: a checkered brick pattern and an array of starburst windows.
The townspeople must have been proud of the library’s neat lines, the slate hip roof, and corner pilasters. Inside features include large columns, rich dark woodwork, pocket doors that slide into the wall and separate the front and back rooms, and the rows of starburst windows that provide more light than expected.
As the town grew, the library’s collection grew as well, filling the existing 1056 square foot structure to bursting. An expansion was necessary to meet the needs of the town. Fundraising began in 1997 and the Cushman Design Group designed a two-story addition. Conklin Construction began work in June 2002, and the completed addition was opened to the public in 2005. The addition added 5004 square feet, more than quintupling the size of the library, providing room for more materials, additional computer workstations, and a meeting room on the second floor. The elevator ensures access to all members of the public.
As always the morning will begin with registration and breakfast between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m, brief summaries of legislators committee work, a question and answer period, and the program will end at 9 a.m.
We encourage you to email your questions prior to the breakfast to Jen. Questions received before April 11 will be answered prior to questions from the floor.
All questions submitted will be answered during the breakfast or forwarded to Legislators following the program for individual follow-up.
Come – participate – let your voice be heard!
The public is encouraged to attend. No fee for Chamber members; $10.00 donation from non-Chamber members.
A summer session is tentatively scheduled for July 12. Watch the weekly e-news for updates; or call the Chamber at (802) 888-7607.
A special note of thanks to the Speaker of the House, Shap Smith; our Senator, Rich Westman; and legislators, Bernie Juskiewicz, Linda Martin, Heidi Scheuerman, Mark Higley, Mark Woodward, Avram Patt … for their faithful attendance, their guidance and their leadership.
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, 1746 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT 05672
Anne Galloway is the founder and editor of VTDigger and the executive director of the nonprofit Vermont Journalism Trust. She has worked as a reporter and editor for 20 years. She holds a BA from the University of Kentucky and moved to Vermont in 1988. For many years, Galloway was a contributing writer for Seven Days Newspaper and a visual arts reviewer for the Times Argus. She was the editor of the Sunday Rutland Herald and Barre Times Argus from 2004 to 2009. Her reporting has appeared in The New York Times (the Vows column), the New York Daily News, Vermont Life and City Pages (Minneapolis). She is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors.
VTDigger.org is a statewide news website that publishes watchdog reports on state government, politics, consumer affairs, business and public policy.
Anne’s presentation will focus on the Medicaid expansion, marijuana legalization and Vermont’s gubernatorial race.
Do plan to join us! Bring your questions! No charge for Chamber members; $8.00 donation from non-Chamber members is appreciated. Hearty breakfast buffet. 7:30 a.m. registration, networking, breakfast with program beginning at 8:00 a.m. and adjournment at 9:00.
More Eggs and Issues… Mark your calendar!
May 17: Edward Jones Investments, Rich Jacobs, Financial Advisor: An evening of Eggs and Issues Program
June 15: Betsy Bishop, Vermont State Chamber of Commerce
July 12: Legislative Summer Session
August 22: Phil Scott – Gubernatorial Candidate
September 13: Michael Mosher–Part 1 – Accessing Demographic Data for Business Intelligence
October 12: Betsy Bishop, Vermont State Chamber of Commerce
November 14: Michael Mosher–Part 2 – The Date Process: A Step-by-Step Guide
December 13 Open .. or Merry Christmas!
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., 10 Railroad Street, Morrisville, VT 05661
Special addition for this Mixer: “I love it here” campaign
Kim and Jimmy, owners of #10 Railroad will host the April 12 Mixer. As always, it will be an evening filled with exceptional hospitality and excellence in networking. Raffle surprises, 50/50 drawing, business of the month drawing, tasty hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.
We’ve also teamed up with MACC (Morrisville Alliance for Commerce and Culture) … be ready to share with us the reason(s) why you “love it here” …. An initiative of MACC which the Chamber is happy to support. Don’t be camera shy – there may be a photo ops!
There is no cost to Chamber members; $8.00 donation from non-Chamber members is appreciated. Mark your calendars and register here for a fantastic evening.
We look forward to welcoming you, and encourage you to bring a friend or two!
May 11: Pall Spera Company Realtors – Morrisville Office
June 23: Wack-a-Doo – Golf Event – Ryder Brook Golf Club
July 12: Shine Communications – Mary Collins – At Her HOme
August 16: Sandiwood Farms – at the beautiful farm property
September 23: Amazin’ Grazin’ – Hope Grows Community Farm (Ray and Carolyn Chauvin)
October 11: The Manor – Washington Highway, Morrisville
November 16: Pre-Holiday Reception – Chamber Office
December 13: McMahon Chevrolet Holiday Party – Morrisville
(Reservations are coming in for 2017 – Let us know if you are interested in hosting a 2017 Mixer – October is reserved: Laraway Youth and Family Services; September is pending (Sandiwood Farm).
- Serve on a Committee?
- Donate Raffle Items – Mixers?
- Sponsor an Event – details in this e-news; on the Chamber’s website; and was sent to all Chamber members via snail mail.
Legislative Breakfast Series – SOLD for $1,000!
Community Health Services of Lamoille Valley, led by Kevin Kelley, has committed to sponsoring the Chamber’s Legislative Breakfast Series! Many thanks to that organization.
We invite you to consider sponsoring one of the many options available to Chamber members … your commitment and sponsorship participation helps support the Chamber’s budget allowing the Chamber to increase its efforts in working on behalf of the Lamoille County business community. Check out your options by visiting our website.
The Lamoille Neighborhood Food Project by the Lamoille Community Food Share
Green is the color of spring, and it’s the color of The Lamoille Neighborhood Food Project collection bags. If you haven’t yet heard about it, the Lamoille Neighborhood Food Project was introduced a few years ago by the Lamoille Community Food Share as a way to help bring in food donations to the pantry throughout the year, not just during the holidays.
It’s easy to participate! Here are the basics- Buy an extra nonperishable food item or two when you shop. Store your purchases in a Food Project Green Bag, available at area libraries or at the Food Share. Then, every two months, on Green Bag day (the 2nd Saturday of the even numbered months) drop off your bag in the collection boxes at area libraries or bring it to the Food Share, and get your new bag to use for the next collection day. We’ll post reminders on Front Porch Forum and Facebook to help you remember. Too busy on Green Bag Day? No problem- You can drop off your bag any time that is convenient for you. You don’t need a Green Bag to donate, but having it at home is a great reminder!
Another way to help is as a Neighborhood Coordinator. Enlist a group of friends, coworkers, etc., to participate as food donors, provide them with Green Bags, remind them when the collection day is coming, collect and drop off their bags at the Food Share, and keep it going.
The Lamoille Community Food Share provides supplemental food assistance to needy families living in the Lamoille area. Please check out greenbag-lcfoodshare.org for more details.
Let’s Bag Hunger! The next Green Bag Day is Saturday, April 9.
Lamoille Economic Development Corporation Sponsors: Lamoille Region Business Assistance And Financing Forum
April 12, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to noon, Green Mountain Technology and Career Center, Hyde Park
Open to Public – Free to All – Registration Is Required
If you are a local business owner or manager, chances are there are times when you need help, advice, mentoring, financing or just another person in the know with whom to bounce ideas around. And, chances are, you don’t know where to turn to seek out this sort of assistance. Never fear, help is on the way. The Lamoille Economic Development Corporation is sponsoring a business assistance forum on Tuesday, April 12th from 9:00 am to noon in the Community Room at the Green Mountain Technology and Career Center in Hyde Park. Representatives from the following organizations will be making short presentations on the nature of the assistance available to you:
- Small Business Administration – small business financing and technical assistance
- Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center – LEAN procedures used in all businesses, innovation and export training
- Vermont Training Program – financial assistance for employee training programs
- Vermont Global Trade Partnership – import/export and the EB-5 investment program
- Vermont Economic Development Authority – business financial services
- Vermont Employment Growth Incentive program – economic incentives for business recruitment, expansion and growth
- Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance program – selling to the government, federal, state and local
- Vermont Small Business Development Center – business planning assistance, coaching, training, advising for existing businesses and start-ups
- USDA, Rural Development – loans, loan guarantees, technical assistance, grants for small businesses, municipalities and non-profits
- Fresh Tracks Capital – venture capital
- Community Capital of Vermont – small business alternative lender
- Vermont Community Loan Fund – small business alternative lender
- U.S. Export Assistance Center – export assistance for businesses of all sizes and in all industries
- VSJF Flexible Capital Fund – royalty financing
There will be an extended period for questions and answers and informational material will be available from every agency. Everyone will also be provided with information on how to make one-on-one appointments to meet with representatives from any and all agencies present.
For more information call John Mandeville at (802) 888-5640.
Boyden Valley Winery And Spirits hosts Maple Sugar Festival on April 2nd and 3rd
64 Vermont Route 104, Cambridge
Bring the family and enjoy the tradition of Vermont Maple Sugar season. Enjoy free tastings of Vermont Maple reserve, Gold Leaf, and Vermont Ice Maple Crème; Maple cocktail tastings available … with recipes; FREE SUGAR ON SNOW; Winery tours, and stay for lunch with the sausage shack. A grand family day!
Boyden Valley Winery and Spirits is conveniently located at the Junction of Route 15 and 104, just 7 miles from Smugglers’ Notch. Contact Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits at 802 644-8151 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Lamoille Family Center Is Celebrating 40 Years!
Send a Kid to Summer Camp!
In recognition of forty years of service in the Lamoille Region, the Lamoille Family Center is promoting a program to encourage donors to help give a deserving kid a summer they’ll remember! The staff at the Center is reaching out and inviting you to help celebrate its 40th anniversary by making a donation today by sending a check payable to Lamoille Faimly Center/Campers and mailing to Lamoille Family Center, 480 Cady’s Falls Road, Morrisville, Vermont, 05661. Your donation will help send a kit to a summer camp of his/her choice. 100% of your gift will go directly to a campership of up to $400 for a kid whose family could not otherwise afford such an expense. To donate or lean more, visit the Center at www.lamoillefamilycenter.org.
A quote from Page, age 10 … a camper: I made a new friend named Maddy. We climbed the rock wall. It was scary but I made it to the top.
Help to make a another kid experience ‘making it to the top’.
Curves: Membership Special
Curves is running a “Health is no Joke” enrollment special on April 1st (6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.), 2nd (9 a.m. to noon), and 3rd (10 a.m. to noon). Enroll for a $1 because ‘health is no joke.’
Business Card Drawn at March 15 Mixer
With offices located at 259 Upper Main Street in Morrisville, the law firm of Williams and Green has provided legal services to our community for a number of years. Mr. Williams has retired from the firm; however, Sharon Green continues to serve her clients in the area of real estate, wills, trusts, estates, family law, corporate law, litigation and civil and personal injury.
In addition to her professional life, Sharon is deeply involved in community life. She volunteers on several Boards and has served as Chairman of the Lamoille Region Chamber of Commerce (two terms – at least); served as immediate past Chair of the Board; volunteers on the Events Committee and is a major force in the Chamber’s Leadership Lamoille Program.
Market/Promote Your Business – Be Involved! Be Engaged!
Your participation in sponsorship options offered by the Chamber not only brings an increased visibility to your business, it helps to support the Chamber’s annual budget which allows the organization (Chamber) to continue to bring members interesting and meaningful programs throughout the year. Click here for sponsorship details.
Invitation to Join a Committee
WE NEED YOUR HELP – YOUR ENERGY – YOUR COMMITMENT – YOUR INSIGHT!
The Committees that support the Chamber and its programs are:
Events Committee * Membership Committee * Marketing and Branding Committee * Government Affairs Committee * Leadership Lamoille Steering Committee * Nominating Committee * Finance and Budget Committee (appointed) * Executive Committee (Officers and Member at Large)
Committee Work Underway
Leadership Lamoille Steering Committee
Next Meeting: April 1 -8:00 a.m. – Chamber Office
Open Meeting … Please Join Us
Marketing and Branding Committee
Mary Collins – Dawn Archbold – April 25 – 12:00 noon – Chamber Office
Open Meeting … Please Join Us
Tracy Baker, Chair
Next Meeting – April 26 – 12:00 noon – Chamber Office
Open Meeting … Please Join Us – Wack-a-Doo Planning!
Next Meeting – April 19 – 8:00 a.m. – Chamber Office
Next Meeting: April 20
Board Of Directors
All Board meetings are open to any and all members of the Chamber who are in good standing (dues paid). Next meeting is April 21 at the Tegu Building, Morrisville. Let us know if you plan to attend.
Government Affairs Committee
No meetings until October and it is an appointed Committee.
River Arts Winter/Spring Workshops
74 Pleasant Streets – Morrisville, RiverArtsVT.org – 802.888.1261
The workshops offered by River Arts are numerous and we suggest you contact the organization directly for a complete schedule of upcoming workshops. Following is a sampling:
Galen Cheney Exhibit – To China and Back
March 3 – May 2, 1016
The Gallery at River Arts, 74 Pleasant Street, Morrisville, VT
The Gallery at River Arts unveils brand new work from Galen Cheney in To China and Back, featuring paper constructions and paintings. The opening will be held at River Arts on Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m with an artist talk at 6p.m. The exhibit will run March 3 through May 2, 2016.
River Arts Paint and Sip Evenings
Thursday, February 23, March 15, April 26, and May 17, 6 – 8 p.m. – $35/session
A fun, relaxing evening of painting with Liz Kaufman. Create a featured work of art, step-by-step, while you enjoy a glass of wine or seltzer. Perfect for beginners and aficionados alike … get creative!
Becky Olson, Ed French and Rich Jacobs are all Chamber sustaining members. This level of membership was adopted by the Board of Directors in May 2015. To date we have three participating Chamber members and the goal is ten. Level of participation begins at $500 and goes up from there. One of our sustaining members is in at $1,000. Contact Max for details.
2016 VACEPlus Insurance Program: A Chamber Member Benefit
VACEPlus insurance programs are offered to all Chamber members in good standing (dues paid). Life Insurance, AD&D coverage, vision and dental are all options offered at favorable rates through the VACEPlus program. For additional information, call Max at the Chamber 802 888 7607; or email Max . We are having some activity from Chamber members interested in participating in this program. Please consider it as an option for your employees and your families.
The open enrollment for health insurance benefits ended January 31. Contact Max for information on special enrollment period or coverage under Medicaid or Dr. Dynasaur. These options for coverage are not affected by the “Open Enrollment” period. If you, or your employees, do not have health insurance coverage, we encourage you to give Max, the Navigator, a call at (802) 888-7607 or send her an email to schedule an appointment to enroll and avoid year-end penalties. On average, an appointment takes about 1 ½ hours.
Workers’ Compensation Insurance
A Chamber benefit offered by Hickok and Boardman. Some Chamber members are participating in this option. Call Max at (802) 888-7607 or drop her an email for more information.
Simpson Sales Unlimited
Welcome to Simpson Sales. We are a family owned and operated business serving Lamoille County and beyond since 1991. Our longevity is due to the quality products we supply and the prompt, superior service we provide.
We have proven expertise in every phase of garage door selection, installation, maintenance, service and repair. We can guide you in finding exactly the right garage door to meet your needs. Getting the proper advice when buying a door is essential; after all, we buy one or at most two, garage doors throughout our lifetime.
Contact us today, our team will be happy to talk to you and assist you in evaluating your needs with the goal of finding the right solution for you. Or if you prefer, we also provide a free at-home estimates.
Simpson Sales Unlimited Inc. is a member of the Lamoille Regional Chamber of Commerce. Founding member of the International Door Association, and founding member of the Professional Door Association of New England.